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Abyssinia-(Al Habasha) Origins and Language

*Introduction: Conducting a discourse on language in Eritrean context in dispassionate manner had proven next to impossible – if past experiences are any guide. But hope is not lost, as sheer coincidence would have it, recently, EMDHR sponsored seminar via PalTalk that took place earlier this month, and it was refreshing to hear Dr. Chefena’s approach on language…

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San Bernardino: In Memory of Issac Amanios

Isaac Amanios Gebreslassie, 60, was tragically taken from us on Wednesday December 2, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. He was one of the 14 killed in the mass shootings by two radical Islamists. Isaac was born to Aregash Emnetu and Gebreslassie Amanios on June 29, 1955 in Adi Merkeja, Eritrea. He attended San Gorgio high…

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Eritreans Will Repeat Geneva In New York

Earlier this summer Eritreans the world over spoke in unison in their unequivocal support for the UN commissioned CoIE report, to which overwhelming number of Eritreans voted with their feet, literally, as they marched the streets of Geneva, in the thousands. Who could forget the 26 of June show of force when young and old,…

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Seminar in Sweden: “Who Are Eritrean Jeberti?”

Sociopolitical, historical, deeply entrenched hegemonic ideologies are socially constructed situations; as such they require equally forceful counter narrative that emanates from a group that had been negatively impacted by such misconstrued reality. The beginning of the latter appeared to be afoot, to which I had the pleasure of being in the audience, virtually speaking, last…

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Charting Healthy Future For Eritrea Today

Everything the regime in Eritrea does blatantly undermines what Eritreans stood for when they embarked on the struggle for independence that took 30 years and over sixty thousand brave souls who paid the ultimate price to accomplish their sovereignty. PFDJ relentlessly aims to destroy the very historical fabric that made Eritrea a country of mosaic…

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The Geneva Aftershock Must Reverberate Unabated

The demonstration of June 26 by Eritreans was an earthquake that shook the Peoples Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) to the core. Its aftershocks must continue unabated. We are witnessing a regime in the last throes of its ruling life the desperateness of which is manifested in its frantic efforts to shift the conversation.…

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Geneva Forecasts A Political Earthquake On June 26

The pivot, the momentum, dear I stipulate, critical mass has been reached vis-à-vis the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was published earlier last week. The larger hearing had begun this morning in Geneva, the epicenter of political earthquake reigning down on the PFDJ, it is panic time. Of course, we have seen yesterday the…

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“Pre-figurative Politics” Of The Eritrean Lowland League

The birth of Eritrean Lowland League (ELL) has its sociopolitical and historical trajectories that necessitated it. Seeing ELL outside that scope is tantamount to chasing wild goose. The preoccupation with the name is an obvious hurdle given the nature of Eritrean politics. Eritrean body politic seems to gravitate toward this tainted world of perfunctory, trivially…

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Betrayal And Predicament Of An Eritrean Artist

“During the struggle era [Pre-Independence] I was also painting, telling the story of the struggle, the culture of the people and scenes of battles, and such works. My concern was to make sure that I reflect my ideas properly to achieve my goal of getting the message of the struggle across.” […] “…In 1997, [six-years…

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BEJASTAN

19 Oct 2016 Ali Salim Comments (114)

It has been a long time since my last post and many things have happened ever since: some personal and…

From The Archives: Avoid The Downers

17 Oct 2016 Saleh "Gadi" Johar Comments (5)

This was first published on August 30, 2004. I decided to repost it again, 12 years later, because I feel…

Eritrean Opposition Goal For PFDJ: Death By 1,000…

26 Oct 2016 Awate Team Comments (69)

The single argument that unites the entire Eritrean opposition is that Eritrea's ruling party, PFDJ, is not fit to govern…

The Role of the Elite In Leading Their…

12 Oct 2016 awatestaff Comments (42)

The following post appeared on September 1, 2016, on Ismael Gabayta’s facebook page. Awatestaff took the initiative and translated it…

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